Tales from the Sea Garden

Tales from The Sea Garden

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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Coffee, Crafting and Cake

 In a quiet backstreet in the heart of Lostwithiel there is a little cafe called 2 Quay Street. Shall we go inside? The windows are quite steamed up...........

Ooooooh, it's lovely and warm in here! 

 The cafe is run by two friends, Amanda and Jane. They both share a love of vintage haberdashery and handmade crafts, so as well as delicious homemade cakes there are plenty of other tempting goodies on offer too!

Cosy and inviting, with comfy chairs and lit lamps, and so much to look at everywhere.....

Shelves full of fabrics and wool,

 baskets overflowing with vintage knitting patterns,

and more wool....

embroidery cottons and sewing accoutrements; bowls of buttons....

reels of ribbon and ric-rac....

and one-off handmade items for sale......

Let us take a break from all this looking and enjoy something to eat and drink,

 but which one to go for????

Last time I had the orange and almond palenta cake......

(Someone has knitted this gorgeous tea cosy of the cafe with Amanda and Janes' names above the door!)

this time I went for Jane's homemade Bakewell tart and a mug of hot choc with cream, mmmmmmm.....

On Wednesday mornings an informal get-together of knitters occurs at 2 Quay Street, which is why Angelica and I met up there today, but I confess not much knitting was achieved in between the lively chat and the consuming of cake and the distractions of vintage loveliness everywhere!

My chief distraction was this set of drawers filled with vintage plastic buttons, each drawer colour-coded.

Spotted on top of a shelf - hee-hee!

Well, I could quite happily have vegetated in a corner observing the comings and goings at No. 2 Quay Street for the rest of the day, but alas, things to do, people to see......there will always be next time! 
2 Quay Street, Lostwithiel, Cornwall
01208 872962

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

October Update

Just a little update of how the shop's looking at the moment....
Knitted scarves by Alison Dupernex,

 linen toiletry bags with original screen printed designs by Helen Round,

little driftwood boats with vintage fabric sails made by Ruth Browning,

Ruth also makes these delightful driftwood gulls....(so cute)

Wendy's handmade baby shoes...

 and her gorgeous bonnets, all lined with Liberty cotton. Patsy's little notebooks have Liberty covers too...

New into the shop today are these Dorset Posy Brooches by Lizzie Moore, which I have mounted onto  images of a 1950's Vogue coat pattern...

Some of my cards sit alongside a collection of original dress patterns by Simplicity, Butterick and Maudela amongst others (such stylish illustrations!), and below them Patsy's fun bunting all  made from original fashion magazines and patterns from the 50's...

 Dare I say it but a few Christmas things have found their way into the shop this week, as it's half-term and a lot of visitors down here at the moment will not visit again before the big day.

Ooohh I love old baby shoes!

Hope you've enjoyed the little tour 

Sunday, 18 October 2015


Hydrangeas grow so well in Cornwall, you find them in gardens everywhere. At this time of year they are beginning to curl and brown, but the colour also intensifies into deep turquoise, cerise and sky blue.

 In an attempt to preserve the colours I am glueing the petals under a layer of tissue paper,

and then cutting out heart shapes to stitch onto cards.

It's nice to be making again, now the busy season is over.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Autumn Bliss

Ah such balmy October weather! I have enjoyed two lovely days out with friends this week. I love it when it is warm and sunny at this time of year because
1. I have the time to enjoy it and
2. there are not hordes of tourists everywhere! (am I allowed to say that?) 

On Monday we went to Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens near Penzance; only we didn't have time to see the gardens themselves, only the cafe and the plant nursery next door, which had a nice selection of succulents, palms and cacti.
Out of the wind it was so hot I was just sitting in a short sleeved top! 

Each outside table at the cafe had a little wooden trough with succulents growing in it. My vanilla bread and butter pudding was divine. It is such a treat when you live alone to eat out. All the food was presented on these wooden platters; at other cafes recently I've noticed the absence of conventional plates. Food comes served on wood or a slate; I've even had a pudding in a kilner jar!

Today, after a delightful morning strolling around the antique shops of Lostwithiel, we headed on to The Duchy of Cornwall Nursery where there is another lovely cafe! (Food is one of my greatest pleasures.)

Again it was warm enough to sit outdoors....

Pan-seared scallops with pea and pancetta risotto - delicious!

After all that we needed a walk, so just a short drive away we parked at Respryn bridge and walked along the River Fowey through the woods and up to Lanhydrock House. All was quiet as it was past opening time at this lovely National Trust property. Even the gatehouse is splendid...

The gardens were in quiet repose in the fading evening light.

One last look back up the carriage drive before heading back to the van and home......

Autumn Bliss!